Observances Throughout History for Saturday, July 4th

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Observances Throughout History for Saturday, July 4th



In 1777, thirteen gunshots were fired in salute, once at morning and once again as evening fell, on July 4 in Bristol, Rhode Island. Philadelphia celebrated the first anniversary in a manner a modern American would find quite familiar: an official dinner for the Continental Congress, toasts, 13-gun salutes, speeches, prayers, music, parades, troop reviews, and fireworks. Ships were decked with red, white, and blue bunting.

In 1778, from his headquarters at Ross Hall, near New Brunswick, New Jersey, General George Washington marked July 4 with a double ration of rum for his soldiers and an artillery salute (feu de joie). Across the Atlantic Ocean, ambassadors John Adams and Benjamin Franklin held a dinner for their fellow Americans in Paris, France.

In 1779, July 4 fell on a Sunday. The holiday was celebrated on Monday, July 5.

In 1781 the Massachusetts General Court became the first state legislature to recognize July 4 as a state celebration.

In 1783, Moravians in Salem, North Carolina, held a celebration of July 4 with a challenging music program assembled by Johann Friedrich Peter. This work was titled “The Psalm of Joy.” This is recognized as the first recorded celebration and is still celebrated there today.

In 1791 the first recorded use of the name “Independence Day” occurred.

In 1870, the U.S. Congress made Independence Day an unpaid holiday for federal employees.

In 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.





A Change In October’s Raffle

We have made a change in the Raffle this month (this is one of the ideas they threw at me yesterday). Since we are offering more items for raffle this month, we decided we will have more winners. We have some super supporters and it is ashame that more of you don’t have a chance to win, that is changing, NOW!

Instead of one winner, we will have two winners drawn this month. How’s this going to work? The first winner will be given the first pickings of the items. Then the second winner will have the choice between the other two that are left. We think it is a good idea and we are proud we can offer our wonderful family such great merchandise at super, super savings.

So grab your raffle ticket today!

Thank you for your continued love and support.

Lady A & The WOTC

Special Kitty of the Day for May 22nd

Name: Charlie
Age: Four years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Tuxedo cat
Home: Rhode Island, USA
This is Charlie. He’s now four years old and a tuxedo cat with a wonderful disposition. I was looking for a polydactal and his large feet with one black toe amongst the other white ones caught my eye, and so he was adopted from a pet refuge. He’s made himself right at home and is a wonderful addition to our cat family.

He doesn’t like to be held much and tries to escape but he is still very very affectionate and doesn’t have a mean bone in his body. He also thinks he is a sou chef. Any activity in the kitchen has to be observed carefully by him sitting on the tall kitchen stools. As shown in the picture, he loves boxes and claims them all as his.

When he gets cat treats, he bats at them with his big feet and usually loses out as one of our other four cats are standing by to get the treat. Then he gives us a sad look as he lost out yet again. He still nurses at times doing his ‘pushies’ and leaves a wet spot in his location where he gobs. He loves the upper part of his condo and is such a nice gentle boy when one of the other cats decides to join him; they might start play fighting but it isn’t long before Charlie gives them a bath and they fall sound asleep together. We all love him very much.

Dog-gone Doggie of the Day for April 6th

Chopper, the Dog of the Day
Name: Chopper
Age: Ten months old
Gender: Male Breed: Boxer
Home: Rhode Island, USA
This is my boxer Chopper also known as Lil Wiggle, Plopper, Chopper Doodle Doo, Dumbo Man, Lil Wiggle Butt, Crazy Dog, Piggy, Lil Piggles, Chop Chop, Trouble and list goes on. I fell in love with this cutie when I first receive a picture of him on my phone. It was the greatest surprise gift of all time. I finally got to meet him few days later on July 12th, 2011 when he was just 10.5 weeks old. He was the cutest puppy I had ever seen.

Chopper is your typical boxer pup. He loves to play all the time. He is either sleeping or playing with his toys, me, or his papa. He is very special to me because he is my first puppy. I definitely baby him all the time. Chopper also has an infinite amount of energy. To help him release some of that energy, we take him for long runs on the beach while we are on our quad. I’m pretty sure he can run 15 mph and more. He is lightning fast. Chopper loves being outside with me. He especially gets super excited when there is snow out. I like to pick him up and drop him in a pile of fresh powder. It’s fun to watch him wiggle out of it in delight. When we aren’t outside playing, we are inside and learning new tricks. He has learned over ten tricks so far. Chopper’s favorite tricks are playing dead and shaking your hand. Other than taking naps at the end of our bed during the day, he also loves to look out our window and watch birds outside.

Chopper Doodle Doo is endless entertainment and fun. He never fails to make me smile and laugh for hours. He is the best friend you could ask for and my life would not be complete without him.

Chopper, the Dog of the Day
Chopper, the Dog of the Day

NASA Image for February 27th – Eastern Seaboard at Night

 Eastern Seaboard at Night

Eastern Seaboard at Night

An Expedition 30 crew member aboard the International Space Station took this nighttime photograph of much of the Atlantic coast of the United States. Large metropolitan areas and other easily recognizable sites from the Virginia/Maryland/Washington, D.C. area are visible in the image that spans almost to Rhode Island. Boston is just out of frame at right. Long Island and the New York City area are visible in the lower right quadrant. Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are near the center. Parts of two Russian vehicles parked at the orbital outpost are seen in left foreground.

This image was taken on Feb. 6, 2012.

Image Credit: NASA